West Africa Emergency Appeal A Prayer Walk around the West Africa Food Crisis. Clinic staff thought that 20 month old Rufaida,pictured, was only six months old, Niger. Richard Hanson/Tearfund.
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A Prayer Walk around the
West Africa Food Crisis
Clinic staff thought that 20 month old Rufaida,pictured, was only six months old, Niger. Richard Hanson/Tearfund
Please join us in prayer and mobilise others to pray for the millions of people in West Africa facing hunger and for Tearfund partners dealing with the food crisis.
To help you pray we have created this virtual prayer walk around four of the countries affected by the current food crisis; Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Chad and created a photo gallery and a detailed prayer walk guide at www.tearund.org/pray.
Lord, you made us to know what hunger is, but also to know the goodness of your provision.
We pray for those who share this earth with us, but for whom hunger is a crippling, life-threatening danger.
Please help us as we pray for those who have nothing.
Teach us how to pray for those who have too little to eat.
Guide us as we walk alongside those affected by this current food crisis.
Would you help them and allow us to be part of the solution?
Hunger has the people of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger firmly in its grip. These agriculturally dependent countries have seen erratic rainfall blight their crops and livestock. These drought-affected countries are among the worlds poorest and this is the third time in seven years they have faced this scenario.
Deteriorating food conditions in parts of Burkina Faso are leaving people eating just one small meal a day. Some villages are even being abandoned as hunger forces residents to leave in search of food.
set up measures to help communities overcome hunger
From your cupboards take out flour, sugar, salt and oil, and put these out in front of you. As you pass these round pray for those who are at this moment receiving emergency food parcels in Burkina Faso because they are unable to find enough or buy food to feed themselves or their families. Please pray for multiplication of these items so that there will be more than enough to satisfy those who are receiving food parcels today.
Today, choose a day later in the week when you can fast from a meal and let your body join you as you pray for the work of Tearfunds partners in countries suffering food shortages like the West Africa Food Crisis, you could consider giving what you save on your food bill to the West Africa food crisis appeal at www.tearfund.org/westafricanews
In Mali, the food crisis has been made far worse by conflict in the northern part of the country. The Tuareg rebellion this spring, following years of latent conflict and resentment of a southern government.
In the north of the country there are serious food and water shortages and electricity supplies are cut off. Transport links are also no longer working and, with emergency food stuck in various warehouses, there is deep concern over the rising conflict and its future effect on this fragile, long-suffering country.
Read and pray Psalm 46 over the churches and for Tearfunds partners in Mali as you cry out for peace for Mali.
Imagine what it must be like to leave your home; a place of safety, because of the lack of work, food, safety. Where would you go? Who can you call for help from family/ friends/ or the local council? Write these down on a piece of paper and give thanks God for all the comforts and people He has provided you to turn to for help and comfort.
Plan a date to have a prayer walk around your local neighbourhood. Ask God to give you the eyes and ears to see and hear what He wants to say to you. As you walk, imagine that your brothers and sisters many miles away are simply having to uproot and go, often in fear of their lives due to insecurity. As you walk pray with them in mind.
Is God challenging you to join in with the Mali church in this way?
Azourfa, 42, from Kamrey village, Niger, already lost one child to hunger ten years ago. She has had to collect goat droppings to sell as fertiliser. It takes her four days to collect enough to sell –which doesn’t even earn her enough to pay for one meal for her family. But even that source of income, like the surrounding landscape, has now dried up as her buyer can no longer afford to pay her. Her baby Rufaida is so small it is almost impossible to believe she is almost two.
Read and pray Colossians 1:9-12 for the churches in Niger.
“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to
share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom
Chad suffered a food crisis in 2005 and again in 2010 when it experienced a below-average cereal harvest, but also a recent second consecutive year of poor rains in pastoral areas is putting pressure on already meagre food stocks.
Read Matthew 14:13-21 as you pray for Chad and look at the online photo gallery.
stability to this increasingly troubled country.
Dear God, I pray for everyone who is hungry today - whether they live thousands of miles away or in my local community. Please show me and my church new ways to join with you in your mission to end injustices such as hunger. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Thank you for joining us in prayer. For further updates on the West Africa Food Crisis please visit www.tearfund.org/westafricanewsKeep on praying as part of One Voice Global Prayer Movement at www.tearfund.org/pray